We are a visual storytelling and design studio — created by photographer Claudio Maria Lerario and made by an international team — whose essence is a deep love for cultural and biological diversity in all its forms. We work primarily with themes related to endangered identity, intangible cultural heritage and human rights.
We specialize in creating publications, art editions and printed products that born out of the relationship between documentary photography, graphic arts, anthropology, and literature. Being a multi-disciplinary studio, we manage most projects from the genesis of an idea to the final product.
As photographers, we operate at diverse latitudes to produce reportages that revolve around the nature of humanity’s social, educational, and economic challenges. As designers, we handle all of the necessary details to transform our photographs in the best publications (print, digital, online) and printed products we possibly can.
Besides working on our own projects, we collaborate with a number of companies and organizations from around the globe to envision new ideas that can be useful vehicles for driving awareness of cause-based initiatives.
Being a small team, every year we choose only a limited number of projects prioritizing those that reflect our world view and have the capability to convey a message that goes far beyond the impulse of merely trying to please the public or the clients.
Among others, we’ve produced essays and publications for Ricordi, Prada, Simrad, Medusa Films, Gucci, Unipol Group, Dolce & Gabbana, Mondadori, Ethiopian Airlines, Leo Burnett, Deutsche Bank, Mursia, Lufthansa, Condé Nast, Christiania Bank, EU, Greenpeace, UN, Unesco and two Royal Houses (England and Norway) as well as many NGOs, media companies, museums, and public institutions.
Social projects and community programs
Lerario Photos Ltd is structured as a social enterprise. Since the beginning of our adventure, we invest a large part of the revenues to actively sustain small and underserved communities in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
What we do: we develop true partnerships with local organizations and — working side by side with the community’s members — we meet their communication needs by providing high-quality services that otherwise are not available or that they could never afford to pay for.
Despite being a small business, when working on these projects our services are totally free for those who benefit from our work: we cover all the administrative and operational costs through our business activities and products sales. In some cases — which regard few specific and bigger projects — we may use crowdfunding and/or some forms of support from our sponsors.